Knights of the Zodiac is the butchered version of the classic anime Saint Seiya, which originally came out in 1985 and was a worldwide hit (it did not hit US shores until August 2003). The cartoon itself is almost mind-numbing in that the feeling they want to convey through the music is that the action ever stops. The music, by the way, is not the original orchestrated work done for Saint Seiya, but new synth music without any major themes, only background noise. So, when you watch an episode, you're hit with characters talking in monotone over cheap synth music, and it's very grating to the ears because there is no break in that equation for the entire length of any episode. As for the translation itself, suprisingly they keep the term of "cloth" for the zodiac armor the "knights" wear. Other than that, there was a major change in the character of Saori, who is the heiress to the Garaude (sp?) Foundation, which is in charge of the Galaxian Tournament between the Saints. In KOTZ, Saori becomes Sienna the Princess. Princess of what we never find out, but that's the story. As noted in another review, the blood is turned blue, making you think this is an advertisement for Gatorade. It made me laugh watching it quite frankly. As for any physical contact between the characters during actual action, most of those scenes have been cut right out, so you'll see Seiya for example jump forward, then a flash, and then he's on the other side of the bad guy. You're wondering what the heck just happened because you didn't see anything, so the bad guy explains it to you: "One lucky punch and you think you can stop me???" (he is clearly grabbing where his ear used to be as it has been cut off, and the blood pouring out has been turned purple). Overall recommendation, if you buy it you're wasting your money. Get the Saint Seiya DVDs, which are excellent.